Herb: Laserwort

Latin name: Laserpitium latifolium

Family: Umbelliferae

Medicinal use of Laserwort:

Stomachic, tonic.

Description of the plant:


150 cm
(5 feet)

June to

Habitat of the herb:

Woods and rocky places in mountains.

Edible parts of Laserwort:

Root - used as a flavouring. It was used by the Romans with cumin in order to season preserved artichokes. A decoction of the seeds is used in beer.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division.

Cultivation of Laserwort:

Woods and rocky places in mountains.

Known hazards of Laserpitium latifolium:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.